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Neil Young writes "A Letter Home"
What's an artist like Neil Young to do after preaching for months about studio-quality audio being made accessible to the masses? What's the next step after raising $6.2 million for Pono (a digital music service) on Kickstarter? For Young, it's the release of a brand new album.
"A Letter Home," Young's 34th studio album, bowed on April 19, 2014 on Record Store Day. The entire album, which consists of cover songs by artists like Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, Gordon Lightfoot and more, was recorded in a refurbished 1947 Voice-o-Graph vinyl recording booth at Jack White's Third Man store in Nashville. A note on Young's website describes the project as "an unheard collection … .recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology (that) captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever."
Young has been out on the road since the beginning of the year, having played some pretty big venues. In January he did a four-night stand at New York's Carnegie Hall. In March, he played four nights at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, then stopped by the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas before moving on to the Chicago Theatre in Illinois.
Young's summer dates with Crazy Horse commenced in July, and included a stop at London's Hyde Park on July 12. There was also a show in Ulm, Germany on July 20th and an upcoming stop at the Sporting Club in Monte Carlo (August 7th). Young and Crazy Heart return stateside in September to play Farm Aid.
Neil Young debuts "Drive My Car" (Updated 9/27/13)
Neil Young recently shocked fans when he showed up at the 300-seat capacity Johnny D's in Somerville, Massachusetts and debuted a brand new song, apparently titled "Drive My Car," while playing in his wife Pegi's backing band. That band, the Survivors, features many veterans of past Neil Young tour, and the song itself appeared to be similar to material on "Fork in the Road," Young's 2009 LP about his electric car project.
The appearance came as Young was in the midst of weeks of driving cross-country in LincVolt, a 1959 Lincoln Continental that's powered by electricity and cellulosic ethanol. During the trip, he spoke at a press conference with Sens. Harry Reid and Debbie Stabenow about the Keystone pipeline, and his journey was chronicled on a Tumblr account called "The Passenger Chronicles."
Pegi Young's tour wrapped up September 21 at Farm Aid in Saratoga Springs, New York. As always, Neil Young was also on the bill, along with Willie Nelson, John Mellancamp and Dave Matthews. Rumors are also swirling that Crosby, Still, Nash and Young will reunited for a tour in 2014. The quartet is playing at the Bridge School Benefit at the end of October, marking their first public appearance in seven years.
Neil Young puts pen to paper, wages 'Heavy Peace' (Updated January 23, 2013)
Through his long and storied career, the one person Neil Young never really talked about was…himself. Thus the epic 502-page "Waging Heavy Peace," Young's official autobiography, came as a surprise to fans and critics alike.
Released on September 25, 2012, "Waging Heavy Peace" recounts the most memorable moments of Young's life and career – from the time spent in the post-filled boulevards of Los Angeles to his rapid rise to fame as a member of Crosby, Stills & Nash. What it failed to add (and for good reason), was a 'final chapter' to Young's life, as just a month prior he was mistakenly reported dead on the NBC News website.
Indeed, Young has a lot of life left in him and left in his music. Most recently he released two albums with Crazy Horse, including "Americana" in June 2012 and "Psychedelic Pill" just five months later. The collaborations were their first original work since 2003-2004 and led to reports that Young and Crazy Horse would be launching their first tour in eight years in support of the projects. That tour not only came to fruition, it ran through the end of 2012, with the final stop at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Tuesday, December 4.
Things were going so well there was immediate talk of taking the Young and Crazy Horse overseas. The legendary rocker ultimately announced four shows in the UK for June 2013, kicking off the run of concerts at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena on June 10. He will then play Birmingham LG Arena on June 11, Glasgow SECC on June 13 and London's famed O2 Arena on June 17.
In addition to the tour, Young is also busy working on Pono, a high-resolution digital music-download service, player and audio format designed to compete with the MP3 and other formats. He has already filed a trademark application and registered a domain name for what is sure to be another memorable foray into the world of technology for the singer.
A History of Neil Young tickets
Over a career that spans five decades, rock singer-songwriting legend Neil Young has played with so many musicians and different combinations under so many different band names it's difficult to count them all. Of course, his stints with the folk-rock classic group Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is his most famous collaboration. But through all his partnerships with others, it's his solo career that marks his trajectory, even during the years with CSN&Y.; Neil Young tickets are a way to see why this iconic, enigmatic rocker has endured for so many years. When you see him live, you understand: it's about his deep belief in music, about the emotion he invests in every performance, and about the way he refuses to apologize for saying what he needs to say and being who he is. It all comes out on stage, where he is most comfortable.
A Musical Chameleon
Neil Young, perhaps more than any other recording artist, has changed his stripes so many times, you never know in what direction he will venture next. Young was born in 1945 in Toronto, Ontario, and played in several groups in Canada, including backing up Rick James in the Mynah Birds, before heading to Los Angeles in 1966. There, he resparked an acquaintance with Stephen Stills and they quickly formed Buffalo Springfield. He meandered among groups with Stills, then with David Crosby and Graham Nash, while maintaining his solo progress and touring with Crazy Horse. The 1970s were a decade filled with hits for Young, with his albums After the Gold Rush and Harvest setting high expectations. After being named 1970s Artist of the Decade by Rolling Stone and The Village Voice, Young continued to morph his sound and style, hitting hard with 'Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)' from Rust Never Sleeps in 1979, then 'Rockin' in the Free World' from Freedom in 1989, then the hit, among some, 'Let's Impeach the President,' from Living With War in 2006. And he shows no signs of slowing down, having released D?j? vu Live in 2008 and archive compilations more recently. At the very least, Neil Young tickets are a must for anyone hoping to see an all-time rock legend live.
Neil Young Discography
|Album name||Release date|
|Sign of Love||2011|
|Dreamin' Man Live '92||2009|
|Fork in the Road||2009|
|Archives, Volume 1: 1963-1972||2009|
|Le Grand Rex Second Evening (disc 2)||2008|
|Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House 1968||2008|
|Le Grand Rex First Night||2008|
|Live at Massey Hall 1971||2007|
|Chrome Dreams II||2007|
|Living With War||2006|
|Living With War: In the Beginning||2006|
|Greendale (bonus disc: Live at Vicar St.)||2003|
|Are You Passionate?||2002|
|Road Rock, Volume 1||2000|
|Words and Music||2000|
|Silver & Gold||2000|
|Journey Through the Past||1995|
|Live in Stockholm||1995|
|The Complex Sessions||1994|
|Hard to Find: Rarities on Compact Disc, Volume 17||1994|
|Trans World Tour||1994|
|USA 1990 (The Acoustic Set)||1993|
|Event of the Season||1993|
|Rake It and Rock It||1993|
|Only Love Can Break Your Heart||1992|
|Silver & Gold (Paramount Theatre, Seattle)||1992|
|Rockin' in the Free World||1989|
|This Note's for You||1988|
|Landing on Water||1986|
|Sample and Hold||1982|
|Hawks & Doves||1980|
|Comes a Time||1978|
|American Stars 'n Bars||1977|
|Tonight's the Night||1975|
|On the Beach||1974|
|Time Fades Away||1973|
|Only Love Can Break Your Heart||1970|
|After the Gold Rush||1970|
Top 10 Neil Young Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|1||Heart Of Gold||242,111||84,733|
|4||The Needle And The Damage Done||85,341||36,369|
|6||After The Gold Rush||69,780||29,772|
|7||Only Love Can Break Your Heart||64,015||28,445|
|8||Rockin' in the Free World||59,668||25,538|
|10||Out On The Weekend||54,812||23,862|
David Suzuki Enlists Feist and Neil Young Against Climate Change
Everyone’s favorite Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki has just announced plans to embark on what could be his final speaking tour, dubbed the “Blue Dot Tour”, and he’s bringing along a mountain of Canadian guests to back him up. On the docket? Feist, Neil Young, Margaret Atwood, the Barenaked Ladies, Grimes, Raffi (yes, the "Banana Phone"…Read more
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date city state venue 11/14/2014 Perth WA Amplifier Bar 11/09/2014 Vancouver BC Orpheum Theatre 10/26/2014 Mountain View CA Shoreline Amphitheatre 10/25/2014 Mountain View CA Shoreline Amphitheatre 10/12/2014 New York NY Acura at SIR Stage37 10/09/2014 Philadelphia PA Academy of Music 10/08/2014 Philadelphia PA Academy of Music 10/06/2014 Boston MA Wang Theatre 10/05/2014 Boston MA Wang Theatre 09/13/2014 Raleigh NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek 08/08/2014 Mulhouse C1 Parc Des Expositions Mulhouse 08/07/2014 Monte Carlo Caj Sporting Monte Carlo 08/07/2014 Monte-Carlo Salle Des Etoiles - Sporting Monte Carlo 08/01/2014 Bergen 12 Koengen 07/30/2014 Frederiksberg Forum Copenhagen 07/26/2014 Dresden SN Filmnachte am Elbufer 07/25/2014 Monchengladbach North Rhine-westphal Warsteiner Hockeypark 07/23/2014 Vienna 9 Wiener Stadthalle 07/21/2014 Barolo Cuneo Piazza Colbert 07/20/2014 Ulm Munsterplatz Ulm 07/18/2014 Barolo Cuneo Piazza Colbert 07/13/2014 Liverpool Msy Liverpool Echo Arena 07/12/2014 London London Hyde Park 07/10/2014 Cork C Live At The Marquee 04/22/2014 Chicago IL Chicago Theatre 04/21/2014 Chicago IL Chicago Theatre 04/18/2014 Dallas TX Meyerson Symphony Center 04/17/2014 Dallas TX Meyerson Symphony Center 04/02/2014 Los Angeles CA Dolby Theatre 04/01/2014 Los Angeles CA Dolby Theatre 03/30/2014 Los Angeles CA Dolby Theatre 03/29/2014 Los Angeles CA Dolby Theatre 01/19/2014 Calgary AB Jack Singer Concert Hall 01/17/2014 Regina SK Conexus Arts Centre 01/16/2014 Winnipeg MB Centennial Concert Hall 01/12/2014 Toronto ON Massey Hall 01/10/2014 New York NY Carnegie Hall - Isaac Stern Auditorium 01/09/2014 New York NY Carnegie Hall - Isaac Stern Auditorium 01/07/2014 New York NY Carnegie Hall - Isaac Stern Auditorium 01/06/2014 New York NY Carnegie Hall - Isaac Stern Auditorium
Neil Young Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 09/21/2013 Saratoga Springs NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center 09/05/2013 Arrington VA Oak Ridge Estates 09/03/2013 Detroit MI Fox Theatre Detroit 08/31/2013 Dundas ON Christie Lake Conservation Area 08/12/2013 Frederiksberg Forum Copenhagen 08/10/2013 Bergen 12 Bergenhus Festning 08/07/2013 Oslo 03 Oslo Spektrum 07/26/2013 Rome RM Ippodromo Le Capannelle 07/22/2013 Stuttgart BW Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle 07/17/2013 Nimes A9 Arenes De Nimes 06/15/2013 Dublin RDS Main Hall 06/13/2013 Glasgow Glasgow City SECC 06/11/2013 Birmingham Warwickshire LG Arena 06/10/2013 Newcastle Upon Tyne T & W Metro Radio Arena 06/08/2013 Brussels Bru Forest National 06/06/2013 Paris Ville De Paris Palais Omnisports 06/05/2013 Amsterdam A Ziggo Dome 06/03/2013 Hamburg HH O2 World Hamburg 03/21/2013 Auckland Auk Vector Arena 03/15/2013 Melbourne Vic Rod Laver Arena 03/10/2013 Sydney New South Wales Sydney Entertainment Centre 03/09/2013 Pokolbin Nsw Bimbadgen Winery 03/07/2013 Brisbane Qld Brisbane Entertainment Centre 03/02/2013 Perth WA Perth Arena
Neil Young Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 12/06/2012 Atlantic City NJ Borgata Music Box 12/04/2012 Bridgeport CT Webster Bank Arena 12/03/2012 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 11/30/2012 Fairfax VA Patriot Center 11/29/2012 Philadelphia PA Wells Fargo Center 11/27/2012 New York NY Madison Square Garden 11/26/2012 Boston MA TD Garden 11/24/2012 Kanata ON Canadian Tire Centre 11/23/2012 Montreal QC Bell Centre 11/20/2012 Kitchener ON Kitchener Memorial Auditorium 11/19/2012 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 11/16/2012 Winnipeg MB MTS Centre 11/14/2012 Saskatoon SK Credit Union Centre 11/13/2012 Calgary AB Scotiabank Saddledome 11/11/2012 Vancouver BC Rogers Arena 11/10/2012 Seattle WA Key Arena 10/26/2012 New Orleans LA New Orleans City Park 10/26/2012 New Orleans LA New Orleans City Park 10/25/2012 Tuscaloosa AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheater 10/25/2012 Grand Prairie TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie 10/21/2012 Mountain View CA Shoreline Amphitheatre 10/20/2012 Mountain View CA Shoreline Amphitheatre 10/17/2012 Los Angeles CA Hollywood Bowl 10/14/2012 Tulsa OK Cox Business Center 10/13/2012 Austin TX Zilker Park 10/12/2012 Austin TX Zilker Park 10/11/2012 Chicago IL United Center 10/09/2012 Pittsburgh PA Petersen Events Center 10/08/2012 Cleveland OH Wolstein Center 10/06/2012 London ON Budweiser Gardens 10/05/2012 Kingston ON K-Rock Centre 10/03/2012 Windsor ON WFCU Centre 09/29/2012 New York NY Central Park 09/22/2012 Hershey PA Hersheypark Stadium 08/09/2012 Stateline NV Harveys Outdoor Arena - Lake Tahoe 08/03/2012 Albuquerque NM Isleta Amphitheater 06/08/2012 Johnstown PA Cambria County War Memorial Arena 06/08/2012 New York NY Kaufmann Concert Hall 06/07/2012 New York NY Kaufmann Concert Hall 04/20/2012 Las Vegas NV Hard Rock Hotel And Casino- The Joint
Neil Young Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 10/23/2011 Mountain View CA Shoreline Amphitheatre 10/22/2011 Mountain View CA Shoreline Amphitheatre 08/13/2011 Kansas City KS Sporting Park 06/09/2011 Manchester TN Manchester Farm 05/11/2011 Toronto ON Massey Hall 05/10/2011 Toronto ON Massey Hall 05/07/2011 Chicago IL Chicago Theatre 05/06/2011 Chicago IL Chicago Theatre 05/04/2011 Detroit MI Fox Theatre Detroit 05/01/2011 Upper Darby PA Tower Theatre 04/30/2011 Upper Darby PA Tower Theatre 04/28/2011 Baltimore MD Hippodrome Theatre At The France-Merrick PAC 04/27/2011 Baltimore MD Hippodrome Theatre At The France-Merrick PAC 04/25/2011 New York NY Avery Fisher Hall 04/24/2011 New York NY Avery Fisher Hall 04/22/2011 Providence RI Providence Performing Arts Center 04/20/2011 Boston MA Wang Theatre 04/19/2011 Boston MA Wang Theatre 04/17/2011 Richmond VA Altria Theater 04/15/2011 Durham NC Durham Performing Arts Center
Neil Young Tour Dates 2010
date city state venue 10/02/2010 Milwaukee WI Miller Park 09/28/2010 Pensacola FL Saenger Theatre 09/26/2010 Mobile AL Saenger Theatre 09/25/2010 Biloxi MS IP Casino Resort and Spa 09/23/2010 Hollywood FL Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 09/22/2010 Clearwater FL Ruth Eckerd Hall 09/20/2010 Panama City FL Marina Civic Center 07/30/2010 Milwaukee WI Riverside Theatre 07/29/2010 Minneapolis MN Northrop Auditorium 07/27/2010 Winnipeg MB Centennial Concert Hall 07/26/2010 Winnipeg MB Centennial Concert Hall 07/24/2010 Calgary AB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium 07/23/2010 Edmonton AB Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium 07/20/2010 Seattle WA Paramount Theatre 07/19/2010 Portland OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall 07/17/2010 Reno NV Grand Sierra Theatre 07/15/2010 Davis CA UC Davis - Jackson Hall 07/15/2010 Oakville CA Robert Mondavi Winery 07/14/2010 Oakland CA Fox Theater 07/12/2010 Oakland CA Fox Theater 07/11/2010 Oakland CA Fox Theater 06/07/2010 Dallas TX Meyerson Symphony Center 06/05/2010 Austin TX Bass Concert Hall 06/04/2010 Houston TX Jones Hall 06/02/2010 Nashville TN Ryman Auditorium 06/01/2010 Nashville TN Ryman Auditorium 05/30/2010 Spartanburg SC Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium 05/29/2010 Atlanta GA Fox Theatre 05/27/2010 Knoxville TN Knoxville Civic Auditorium 05/26/2010 Louisville KY Louisville Palace 05/24/2010 Washington DC DAR Constitution Hall 05/23/2010 Wallingford CT The Dome at Oakdale Theatre 05/21/2010 Worcester MA Hanover Theatre 05/19/2010 Buffalo NY Sheas Performing Arts Center 05/18/2010 Albany NY Palace Theatre Albany